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Bears hire defensive assistants

Published: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Bears made it official Thursday, hiring Reggie Herring as their new linebackers coach and Paul Pasqualoni as the defensive line coach.

Herring and Pasqualoni replace Tim Tibesar and Mike Phair, respectively. They were fired Jan. 12.

Herring has coached for 33 years, including eight as a linebackers coach. He coached the linebackers for the Texans from 2011 to 2013 and the Cowboys from 2008 to 2010. He also was the Texans’ linebackers coach from 2002 to 2003.

From 2005 to 2007, Herring was the defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Arkansas. He has 25 years of experience coaching in the college ranks.

Pasqualoni has coached for 42 years, with this being his seventh as an NFL assistant. He was the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator/defensive line coach in 2010, overlapping with Herring. From 2008 to 2009, Pasqualoni was the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator. He coached the Dallas linebackers from 2006 to 2007 and their tight ends in 2005.

Before coming to Chicago, Pasqualoni was the head coach at the University of Connecticut from 2011 to 2013. He also was the head coach at Syracuse from 1991 to 2004 and Western Connecticut from 1982 to 1986.

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